Labor Day brings multitude of events to West Michigan

Attendees of a previous Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival, in Big Rapids, look through items at a vendor’s booth. There will be various booths at this year’s festival, which will feature jewelry, lawn ornaments and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. The annual Labor Day Car Show will take place at similar times on Monday. (Pioneer file photo)

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association 

WEST MICHIGAN — Every year, the first Monday of September is designated as Labor Day: a celebration of the achievements of our nation’s workforce.

Falling on Sept. 3, this year, the date also is considered the unofficial end of summer, making it an opportunity to spend time with family as they head back to school or grab some friends and enjoy a nice, long weekend seeing what’s going on in the area. Many West Michigan locations are hosting fun events throughout the weekend.

Locally, community members can find a variety of crafts, food and more at the 50th annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids. The festival brings thousands of people to the area for familiar favorites of arts and crafts shows, as well as a few new-comers to the event, including the first Mecosta County Children’s Business Fair, during which children (age 6 to 16) sell a product or service and learn what it takes to run their own business. Also as part of the holiday events, the annual Labor Day Car Show will draw car enthusiasts to the wide array of vehicles filling Mitchell Creek Park.

Families participate an annual Boardwalk and Pancake Breakfast in Holland. This year’s Boardwalk and Pancake Breakfast is set for Monday, Sept. 3, and is one of the many Labor Day events available over the holiday. (Courtesy photo)

Kick off Labor Day in Holland at the annual Labor Day Boardwalk and Pancake Breakfast on Monday, Sept. 3. The patriotic four-mile walk winds through Kollen Park and ends at Windmill Island Gardens, where a pancake breakfast will be hosted. Afterward, bring the family to the annual Truck Parade downtown. Big rigs that carry locally-made products rumble through downtown Holland and Zeeland and complete their route by parking at the Holland Civic Center, where free food and prizes are all part of the end-of-parade celebration.

The City of Muskegon has events planned around Labor Day, as well. On Monday, Sept. 3, the city starts the holiday with its annual Labor Day parade, followed by a celebration filled with food vendors, bounce houses, prizes and more. The 12th annual Labor Day Community Walk, in nearby Whitehall, lets families explore the White River Bridge and nearby trails.

Labor Day weekend is a great time to make a getaway to the greater Lansing area. Whether for barbecue or buffalo, the annual Chicken Wing Festival over Labor Day weekend draws a large crowd. The event is filled with music, activities and, of course, wings. The capital city also has plenty to offer for the long weekend.

The Labor Day Bridge Walk in Cheboygan is Monday, Sept. 3. Participants will get to take in the beauty of the town while marching up and down the historic streets. The walk will be followed by a community picnic, a good place to socialize with friends and family.

There are tons of events happening in the Boyne City area over Labor Day weekend. Follow the sounds of oldies music to Veterans Park and the Boyne Kiwanis Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 1. A visit to the area over Labor Day weekend also can include watching sailing races on Lake Charlevoix or drag races at the Boyne City Airport. To further help families plan their travels, the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce has an events calendar for Labor Day and beyond.

Rounding out the week, people can stop by Marshall from Sept. 8 to 9, for the 55th annual Historic Home Tour. This event features eight historic homes, a Civil War Ball, Art Faire, Civil War Encampment and more.

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